Queenslanders test drive autonomous car ZOE2
Sixty qualified drivers have been recruited by QUT to test drive Australia’s most advanced cooperative and automated car, known as the ZOE2.
The vehicle is a Renault Zoe that has been modified with technology that allows the car to operate with Level 4 automated capabilities.
The study forms part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving Pilot, which is being delivered in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and iMOVE to prepare for the arrival of driverless vehicles on Australian roads.
Participants will attend a one-hour session at the RACQ Centre of Excellence in Mt Cotton in late March 2021, where they will spend a limited time in the driver’s seat of ZOE2. An expert driver will also be present during the test drive, who can take control of the vehicle if required.
Participants will be filmed during the test drive, to observe and record the individual’s head position and line of sight during the process. They will then have to answer a series of questions about their experience.
Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, Director of QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, said the trial’s objective is to explore driver’s behaviour behind the wheel of an automated vehicle.
“This project will give us insights into how long it takes for an everyday driver to exercise appropriate control when the automated systems hand back control,” Professor Rakotonirainy said.
The pilot will assess asset readiness (that is, can existing signs and lines be read by automated vehicles), driver behaviour (human interface machine) and vehicle performance.
Mark Bailey, Transport and Main Roads Minister, said he looked forward to the results of the study.
“The learnings will help us understand safety risks and the need for legislation. I thank the participants for their time to assist us,” Mr Baily said.
Ian Christensen, iMOVE Managing Director stated “As we move into an ever more automated future on our roads, it is crucial for us to understand the human – vehicle interactions to do it safely. By participating in this study, members of the community will be providing data that plays a significant role in this understanding.”
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